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The 16 best creative apps

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PC Advisor presents the best creative apps for Google Android, BlackBerry and Apple iPhone, and recommends the best utilities and online applications for your desktop or laptop PC.

Make trippy photos: in Diptic you can combine two or three photos to create a cool new image. Juxtaposing a close-up of your cat with a photo of your friends has never been so addictive. • £2.39

You don't have to be content with plain old through-the-lens photos. The increasingly powerful cameras built into Android phones allow more scope for experimentation, as the freeware FxCamera app proves. Fisheye and Warhol effects are especially fun. • Free

If you simply want to tweak the shots taken with your cameraphone, PicSay adds useful editing tools, with distortions, captions and zany effects also on offer. • Free; $1.99 (Pro)

Revisit the photobooth: one of the first applications to use the iPhone 4's front-facing camera, IncrediBooth gives you an almost genuine photobooth experience (minus the shopping-centre atmosphere). You get three retro effects and you can share a photo strip or individual images with your Facebook friends. • 59p

Share your digital photos easily: use iTook­This­OnMyPhone as a one-stop shop for uploading your pictures and video to photo-sharing sites, including Facebook. All your albums are hosted for free on the associated website. • Free

Taking photos and sending them to your friends is a lot of fun, but there's something special about receiving a postcard or a personal photo by post. Two such services, ecards' Postcards and Touchnote (touchnote.com) allow you to do just this, either with the photos from your Facebook account or ones you email and send. Photo cards are sent by first-class UK post. Touchnote has an iPhone app too. • £1.50 per photo

Paint.Net is another useful and surprisingly powerful photo-editing tool for Windows. It supports layers and effects and is far easier to get to grips with than that other well-known freebie, The GIMP. • Free

You've probably heard of the excellent free Google Picasa photo-editing application for desktop use. It's great for visually cataloguing your photos. Using Picasa Tool Pro you can batch-upload photos, as well as browse and manage your albums, photos and comments. • Free

Photoshop.com is a web-based alternative to the heavyweight photo-editing apps used by designers and publishing houses. • Free

Even ‘Grand Designs' presenter Kevin McCloud sings the praises of Google SketchUp, so you can be sure it's got something going for it. A web-based technical-drawing tool, it's ideal for creating mock-ups or sketching out an idea. • Free

If you've got a yearning to create your own website, it's worth spending some time with NetObjects Essentials. • Free

Wix.com is part website-design package and part photo gallery. It's based around Flash, hence the impressive visuals and can be used for product, photo and video portfolios. Because it supports audio it's also popular for creating musical showcase sites – a sophisticated alternative to MySpace, perhaps. • Free

If you prefer to publish rather than purchase books, download templates from Blurb and create your own coffee table photobooks, manuals or prose. You can even publish your own novel and potentially list it on Amazon. • Free (printing from £6.95)

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